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    • Benevento Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

      June 7, 2022 in Italy โ‹… ๐ŸŒ™ 22 ยฐC

      Took 12 hours to get here, but, oh my god…it is worth it! Arrived sweaty and slightly overwhelmed as I hadn’t had wi-fi for 9 hours & navigation of bus-train combo. Just took a guess at where Hotel ๐Ÿจ Miro was, knowing it was on seafront, as I requested a room overlooking the sea! They delivered….in spades ♠๏ธ as expected the host was absolutely lovely and so helpful. She gave me tips on places to eat & explained how to walk to particular hotspots such as Portofino (inspiration for Disney/Pixar’s ‘Luca”
      It’s 11.30pm and I’m comfortably wearing shorts & t-shirt! ๐Ÿฅฐ

      The rain is seafront as I asked for and it is typically Italian in style and decoration… It is really comfortable and has that the spoke Italian feel about it!

      After I freshened up, powdered my nose and did the big 3 S’s I was good to go eat…
      9pm but I was rewarded for my efforts! I had the most delicious seafood (fruits of the sea ๐ŸŒŠ) spaghetti ๐Ÿ

      Rapallo is right on the waterfront and the seafood in the dish came just out of the boat 50 metres from the restaurant… Honestly, it was so delicious ๐Ÿคค It was served with complimentary breads and breadsticks. I ordered half a litre of wine and some sparkling water…Bellissimo! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

      Unfortunately, just got a message from Richard who, it seems, is not meant to meet me… There is an air traffic controller strike tomorrow in Genoa and his flight was cancelled! Poor guy! I’m so disappointed because I was really looking forward to sharing this Italian Riviera experience with him… Hope he is okay and coping… It is such a long flight from Australia and to get bad news on arrival is devastating!

      Hugs ๐Ÿค— from the start of the Italian Riviera leg of my trip.

      Ciao baby ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฆž
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    • Richard finally touches down!

      June 8, 2022 in Italy โ‹… ๐ŸŒง 21 ยฐC

      6 pm and I was beginning to worry because I have not heard from Richard so to calm my nerves I definitely needed to have a dry martini ๐Ÿธ then low and behold I heard from the man himself… Arrival at last! Let the debauchery begin! ๐Ÿคช

      In true shenanigans style we headed straight to a little bar in the back alley to have some pre-dinner drinks… Aperol spritz! They were delicious and much needed for both of us: Me maybe due to too much sun and sea today ๐ŸŒŠ & Richard due to too much travel! โœˆ๏ธโœˆ๏ธโœˆ๏ธ Not only did we get our Aperol Spritz but we were delivered an exciting and delicious tray of treats! A gorgeous wooden board with many delicacies…such a pleasant surprise ๐Ÿ‘Œ

      We then headed to a gorgeous little restaurant overlooking the bay in Rapallo… The waiters were so kind and friendly and… Hot ๐Ÿ”ฅ
      Richard had the gnocchi with pesto which I recommended after having it for lunch. Thanks to mum and dad for this dinner and drinks which they contributed to… We thank you and love you very much and you can rest assured we enjoyed every sip and mouthful x

      There is nowhere in the world where pesto tastes so fresh and vibrant and the gnocchi is way ‘out of the park’ in every way shape and form… The sexy waiter ๐Ÿ™ƒ also brought over the basil ๐ŸŒฟ plant ๐ŸŒฑ in case Richard wanted even more authentic taste upon his delectable morsels! ๐Ÿ˜‹
      Not to mention at the end of the night the waiters brought out a large bottle of lemoncello and shared it with us, complimentary! How could we say no ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

      It is so good to have Richard here at last! I really enjoyed being able to chat with a good mate about what’s been going on for both of us and it was so much more enjoyable to have stimulating and controversial chats and discussion! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿธ๐ŸŒˆ

      There were a few showers of rain tonight as you will see the pictures but it did not the perturb us… Good honest genuine tourists like us never get scared off by mother nature l, we embrace it and we move on and continue to experience all of these ‘money can’t buy’ moments!

      Welcome to Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Richard ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ–โ˜€๏ธ
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    • Un altro giorno in paradiso

      June 9, 2022 in Italy โ‹… โ˜€๏ธ 26 ยฐC

      Amazing breakfast ๐Ÿณ of fresh fruit ๐Ÿ‰ with taste. Also egg ๐Ÿฅšsweet bread and apricot jam. All devoured in the beautiful jasmine garden with the popular potted basil ๐ŸŒฟ on each table: typically Italian โค๏ธ๐Ÿค๐Ÿ’š

      On exiting our hotel lobby we were delighted ๐Ÿ˜ to discover there was a wonderful market that ran all the way along the foreshore of the beach. Richard and I wandered along the wide and varied merchandise stands. Richard tried his best at haggling and took a considerable amount of time choosing a five euro watch for himself! He also invested in a beautiful signature ring. Both of these items are available for perusal in today’s photos. ๐Ÿ’ โฐ

      We then wandered through the alleyways of Rapallo until we found one of the few cafes that were open during Siesta! Unfortunately for us the cafe owner was not very proficient in English, and why should she, being a proud Italian?! Richard was so jet lagged that he thought the English Menu was written in Italian ๐Ÿคฆ‍โ™‚๏ธโœ๏ธ Both of these factors created a calamity of indecision…we still greatly enjoyed the fresh ingredients on our meat & cheese ๐Ÿง€ platter. Oh, and our mojitos & wine ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ˜‰ It was a very popular cafe, probably because it was one of the few still open for lunch! You’ve got a love the relaxed and laid-back Italian way of life ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿคโค๏ธ

      Next stop Vernazza! ๐Ÿš‚

      It is always a little bit anxiety producing catching Italian trains because they arrive exactly on the dot. If it is arriving at 2:01 pm it will be there and if you are not on the right platform you miss out!
      There is always a sense of relief when you reach your destination…

      Rapallo. You have lived up to your reputation & then some..! ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ
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    • Day 3

      Portofino - Tag 3

      September 7, 2022 in Italy โ‹… โ˜๏ธ 26 ยฐC

      Nachdem wir ordentlich ausgeschlafen hatten packten wir unsere sieben Sachen, holten unser Frühstück bei die Lidl und es ging auf die Bahn Richtung Florenz mit geplanten Stopp in Portofino. Da angekommen gingen wir durch die Gassen von Portofino und dann Richtung Anlegeplatz um die großen Yachten zu bestaunen. Man merkte das wir in einer teuren Gegend waren nicht nur durch die Yachten und Autos, auch die Preise fürs Essen. Mit Badehose und Handtuch im Gepäck fanden wir einen “Geheimstrand” direkt an der Anlegestelle, mussten aber auf Steinen Platz nehmen. Nach zwei Stunden Robbenprogramm stiegen wir wieder in den Wagen und fuhren Richtung Pistoia eine Stadt im suburbanen Raum von Florenz. Das Abendessen wurde auch im Supermarkt geholt, aber wir haben noch nie so gut für 10€ gespeist. Ein Viergänge-Menü aus Nudelsalat, Lasagne, Oliven und einer Nachspeise machte uns satt und auch richtig müde. Um 21:30 waren schon die Schotten dicht und Lichter aus.Read more

    • ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿคโค๏ธ Rapallo to Portofino

      June 8, 2022 in Italy โ‹… โ›… 23 ยฐC

      Sprung out of bed and threw open the shutters on my window (… you can just see me “springing”!? ๐Ÿ˜) with the sea ๐ŸŒŠ view…
      Just magnificent ๐Ÿฅฐ Breakfast consisted of delicious moist Italian cake ๐Ÿฐ and pastries orange juice and breads with fresh Italian coffee โ˜•๏ธ

      Robyn and Mike I can now see why you fell in love with Rapallo. It is such a beautiful and tranquil seaside village. Everyone is just relaxing and enjoying the sun โ˜€๏ธ The preferred local pace is snail ๐ŸŒ Perfect for recuperation after the Jubilee weekend.

      There are not many tourists around at the moment in Rapallo. It is so lovely to be surrounded only by locals. As I wandered along the coast to Portofino (8km) I found an amazing private swimming area. In San Michele. The crystal clear water was the perfect temperature, sun was shining and I had to pinch myself as I looked around me to see the cute coloured buildings and pebbly beach ๐Ÿ– โ˜€๏ธ

      There are lots of closed off purpose-built beach areas with umbrellas and bathing boxes. But why would you use these when you can find secluded and picturesque places with the locals..? Just beautiful ๐Ÿ˜ your senses literally explode and your eyes simply cannot take it in. Photos don’t even do this region justice! If there’s a beach in these photos I swam in it! Just took my clothes off…everyone does…and got in! No one cares about body image they just do whatever they want! It’s so refreshing and food for the soul!

      Speaking of food the most delicious gnocchi pesto for lunch at the beautiful little cafe in Portofino. If this is gnocchi then I have NEVER eaten it before… The pesto was out of this world! Delicious vino Blanco and I was set for an hour or two just relaxing and watching the world go by! ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿคโค๏ธ

      Poor Richard was ‘dogged’ with yet another disappointment today. A traffic controllers strike @ hideous Stansted and cancelled flight โœˆ๏ธ I did some research and helped him get on a flight to Pisa…forget the tower…and come directly to the Italian Riviera.
      Toot-Sweet! Can’t wait to enjoy this with him! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿปโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

      I walked the 8km (and swam) to Portofino but decided to take the boat trip back along the coast…great idea: the views - Spectacular!

      This is Living! I want more! โ˜€๏ธโ˜€๏ธโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ–
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    • Day 8


      March 26 in Italy โ‹… โ˜๏ธ 12 ยฐC

      First real day in Italy and greated by rain this morning. Motored on for a couple of hours along motorway characterised by tunnels and viaducts. We reckon we spent more time in tunnels than in open road! Camped in Rapallo for the night and plan to move on to Lucca tomorrow, via a laundromat - might as well get the essentials done whilst the weather is poor!Read more

    • Day 4

      Wanderung zur Santuario Basilica Nostra

      March 14, 2023 in Italy โ‹… โ˜€๏ธ 13 ยฐC

      Nachdem die Seilbahn nicht fuhr sind wir heute zu Fuß zu der Santuario Basilica Nostra Signora di Montallegro gewandert. Der Weg wand sich wunderschön durch einen verwunschenen Wald, und führte zu der traumhaften Basilica. Hinter ihr versteckte sich ein schönes Restaurant, das wir auf Empfehlung von Schweizern aufsuchten. Es gab super leckeren Ricotta-Amaretto Kuchen und tollen Latte Macchiato. Der Rückweg verlief überraschen schnell, erforderte aber erstaunlich viel Konzentration. Ein super schöner Ausflug.Read more

    • Day 1โ€“3

      Camping Miraflores Rapallo

      August 20, 2022 in Italy โ‹… โ˜€๏ธ 28 ยฐC

      Via Savagno 10, I 16035 Rapallo
      37€/Nacht 2 Pers. + 3. Pers. 8,50€ + 0,50€ Kurtaxe/Pers. = 46€/Nacht

      Angekommen, wurden wir gleich mit Platz ist voll begrüßt, aber wir hatten ja reserviert ;-)

    • Day 2

      Frรผhstรผcken mit Meerblick

      March 12, 2023 in Italy โ‹… โ˜€๏ธ 16 ยฐC

      Nachdem wir gestern im Dunkeln angekommen waren, durften wir heute morgen zum ersten mal die fantastische Aussicht bewundern. Unser kleines Häuschen liegt weit oberhalb von Rapallo, einer kleinen Stadt in Ligurien. Es ist umgeben von wunderschönen Villen und Orangen-, Zitronen-, und Mandarinenbäumen.Read more

    • Day 4โ€“5


      September 25, 2023 in Italy โ‹… โ˜€๏ธ 23 ยฐC

      Brachial heiß brütet die Sonne Tyson und mich im Camper aus. Grandiose Aussicht ja, Wanderungen hier ringsherum null. Ebenso null Schatten. Dafür 100% ungefilterter knall hell, schweißtreibender Sonnenschein.
      Die als einzig in Frage kommende Wanderroute haben wir ausgekundschaftet – also ich: denn Tyson stand sturr wie ein Esel 5m vom Bulli entfernt „echt jetzt“ und ließ sich so absolut gar nicht motivieren. Okay, dann gehen wir anders herum. Er folgt zwei Meter und guckt mich wieder an „Was willst du denn da oben?“ „Los, komm, da gibt’s einen schönen Pfad mit schattigen Bäumen.“ Nagut, bis dahin trage ich ihn. Angekommen sehen wir zerfallene Steinstufen und viel Schrott. Hier war wohl nur ein alter Dorfweg zwischen ein paar Nachbarn, die jetzt nur noch Autos nutzen? Jedenfalls KEIN Wandern.
      Was macht man sonst um 15h nachmittags auf einem ziemlich schönen Nachtplatz, mit großartigem Blick und großer Laune zum schlichten Abhängen, wenn sich einfach keinen Platz finden lässt, wo es auszuhalten ist? Im Bus WARM. Tür auf, lüften lassen, ausharren. Ich bin gerad zu madrig im Hirn, um die schmale Serpentinenstraße sicher wieder hinabzufahren. Schaffe ich es, hier irgendwie auszuharren bis zum Sonnenuntergang? Wann wurd’ es gestern abend frischer? Muss ich zusehen, dass ich hier trotz allem zeitnah wegkommen, weil mein Körper sonst richtig ins Straucheln kommt? … Und so freue ich mich, dass der Berg schon kurz vor sechs Schatten spendet, genieße die ruhige Nacht und sieh zu, am nächsten Morgen diesen Platz zu verlassen, bevor meine Synapsen wieder hoch gekocht werden.

      Die Nacht war gut. Die Aussicht auch. ;o)
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